Zac Blair makes cut at U.S. Open, barely

Published: Friday, June 13 2014 10:35 p.m. MDT

Zac Blair watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Zac Blair was through with his round by 2 p.m. in North Carolina Friday, but he had to wait an agonizing six hours to find out if he’d made the cut for the weekend at the U.S. Open Golf Tournament at Pinehurst Golf Resort.

The former BYU golfer fired a 4-over-par 74, which put him at 5-over-par 145 for the tournament. When he completed his round, he was tied for 75th place overall. Not a good spot to make the cut, which includes the top 60 players and ties.

As players ahead of him fell back in the pack, Blair moved up and finally got into the top 60 and finished in a tie for 60th with seven other golfers.

After shooting a 71 in Thursday’s first round, Blair got off to a shaky start Friday with three bogeys on his first five holes along with a birdie at No. 4. On the back nine, he bogeyed 10 and 11 before making birdie at No. 13. When he bogeyed No. 16, it looked like he was going to miss the cut by one shot.

Blair will tee off at 7:44 a.m. and be paired with Toru Taniguchi of Japan. By playing on the weekend, Blair should make a check of at least $15,000.

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